Jaguar to release most powerful model ever: XE SV Project 8

The XE SV Project 8 makes use of a load of carbon fibre found in the bumpers, hood and cabin trim.

Exciting models like the F-TYPE new F-PACE already more than satisfy most performance junkies. Nevertheless, Jaguar has gone one step further and is about to release its highest output car to date: the 592-horsepower XE SV Project 8.

This super-sports-sedan is the product of Jaguar’s Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division based out of England, which manufacturers halo builds and limited-run collectors’ editions. Case in point is the F-TYPE Project 7 from 2014, at the time the fastest offering in the fleet capable of topping out at 300 km/h.

“SVO’s raison d’être is to produce halo vehicles that push the boundaries in terms of luxury, performance and all-terrain capability. Project 8 is a great example of what happens when enthusiastic designers, engineers and manufacturing specialists are given the opportunity to create an extreme performance sports car without compromise,” said John Edwards, managing director at Jaguar Land Rover SVO.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 front

Differences between Project 8 and standard XEs involve a lot of carbon fibre. The bumpers are both made out of the strong and lightweight material, the front featuring a series of cooling ducts punched into the areas underneath the headlamps.  Similarly, the ducted hood is also made of carbon fibre. For increased downforce, a rear diffuser and adjustable spoiler and front splitter are fitted.

Ride height is 15 millimetres lower due to a stiffer suspension system utilizing continuously variable dampers.

The interior also has a lot of carbon fibre trim pieces installed, complemented by Alcantara covering sections of the steering wheel, instrument hood and door panels. The XE receives a Pistolshift lever, a more classic style of transmission selector compared to the rotary knob found in the standard variant.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 interior

Interestingly, depending on the market, the cabin seating arrangement is either in a two or four seat setup. North America gets four-passenger occupancy, while elsewhere a racing harness support replaces the rear seating.

The impressive horsepower numbers comes via an uprated version of the supercharged 5.0-litre V8 engine mated to an eight-speed Quickshift transmission. All-wheel drive is standard.

A first for Jaguar, drivers can activate a dedicated track mode tailoring steering and throttle dynamics for race use.

Only 300 units of Project 8 will be produced, all left-hand drive. Buyers will additionally have the option of customizing their purchase from the factory choosing from 10,000 exterior paint hues and different colours for body accessories.

Posted by Benjamin Yong

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